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The Columbus Dispatch
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Time is sure flying by and we're going to be in spring soon and that's time for our chapter elections. While we do have some time yet, and the rest of the holidays to get through, we want to encourage all of our registered members to think about becoming one of our chapter officers. Elections will be at our March 19, 2022 general membership meeting, and it may seem like a long time from now, it's really not.
We are going to have elections for all of the Trustee positions, and Treasurer. Anyone who wants to run for those positions needs to attend the February 19th meeting. We're anticipating this will be a Zoom virtual meeting, so it will be easier to attend from home. According to the Chapter by-laws, it's mandatory that candidates attend this meeting. Ballots will be cast at the March meeting.

You can check with current board members who can help you understand the requirements if you have questions. The main requirements are that you are a registered member, have been at least one year out from your loss, and be willing to attend all of the chapter meetings, and promote the chapter and the national organization.

There currently are five Trustee positions, Northeast, Northwest, Central, Southeast, and Southwest.

Ohio Peace Officers' Memorial Ceremony 2021
(full program including Honor Roll Call)
2021 Ohio Peace Officers' Memorial Ceremony

Homestead Tax Exemption to Surviving Spouses of Safety Officers Killed In The Line Of Duty

On October 16, 2020 Governor DeWine signed House Bill 17, Sponsored by State Representative Timothy Ginther. This  expands the Homestead Tax Exemption to Surviving Spouses of Safety Officers Killed In The Line Of Duty.
Homestead Application DTE 105K


Each Survivorship will receive an Email from National advising how to register for their specific retreat. Any additional questions can be directed to the Programs Department at National COPS.
Phone 573-346-4911
Upcoming HOPS Dates
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Father, husband, policeman, alumnus.
In all his life’s roles,
Wayne Leon ’86 was a Man for Others..

As the lights on the emergency vehicles flashed, thousands of people lined the streets of Cleveland to pay tribute to Wayne Leon ’86, a Cleveland Police Officer who was
killed in the line of duty on June 25, 2000.
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Rebuilding shattered lives of survivors and co-workers affected by line-of-duty deaths.


For more than three decades, C.O.P.S. has provided comprehensive Hands-On Programs that cater to more than 51,000 survivors and their families over 50 chapters nationwide.  Whether it is offering grief counseling to participants or providing peer support and additional resources, C.O.P.S.’ objective is to support each survivor in their journey to recovery.

C.O.P.S. knows that in the wake of a line-of-duty death, many lives are affected.  Whether you are the spouse or child of an officer, a parent or sibling, an aunt or uncle, cousin, in-law, grandchild, significant other, or even a co-worker, there is an inherent need for a safe space to grieve and to process the feelings and memories surrounding that loved one.  Our programs are designed to allow participants to do just that.  With twelve Hands-On Programs, C.O.P.S. provides retreats specifically formatted to support the survivors as they learn to cope.

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Ohio Concerns of Police Survivors has had personalized license plates for many years.  Previous Chapter Board Members worked hard to get this approved by the legislature which the BMV has available.  There is an additional fee over the regular registration that goes to Ohio C.O.P.S. quarterly.  This is substantial revenue which goes to fund our first year survivor families to National Police Week as well as sending other survivors to their Hands-On-Programs.

Please consider purchasing these special plates. 
Ohio C.O.P.S. Rebuilding shattered lives of survivors and coworkers affected by line of duty deaths.

Ohio C.O.P.S. was organized in 1984 with 110 individual members.  Today  Ohio C.O.P.S. membership is over 48,000 survivors. 

Survivors include spouses, children, parents, siblings, significant others, and affected co-workers of officers killed in the line of duty according to Federal government criteria.

Ohio C.O.P.S. is governed by a national board of law enforcement survivors.  All programs and services are administered by the national office in Camdenton, Missouri. C.O.P.S. has over 50 chapters nationwide that work with survivors at the grass-roots level.